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Game Recap

Senators 5, Sabres 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 5, Sabres 3
Ottawa Senators 5, Buffalo Sabres 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Dany Heatley had a goal and two assists, Martin Gerber made 29 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Wade Redden added a goal and assist for the Senators, who scored three times in the second period. It was the 100th goal of Redden's National Hockey League career.

Antoine Vermette, Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa, which has won two straight and eight of its last 10.

Jochen Hecht, Brian Campbell and Adam Mair scored for Buffalo, which had its season-high six-game winning streak snapped while losing for just the fifth time in the last 18 games.

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller made 19 saves in his ninth straight start.

Gerber, 5-1 in his last seven appearances and 9-2 on the road this season, was shaken up just four minutes into the game after taking Tim Connolly's slap shot off the mask, but was able to continue. After a scoreless first period, he helped the Senators withstand a 12-shot blitz during the first nine minutes of the second, yielding only Hecht's goal at 3:12.

Vermette gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead 1:42 into the middle frame with his seventh goal, when his backhand from the inner edge of the left circle handcuffed Miller.

Hecht tied it 90 seconds later with his 13th of the season, banking the puck off Gerber's stick from behind the goal line a foot from the right post.

Redden restored the Senators lead on the power play when he scored his fifth of the year at 8:02. Jason Spezza's slap shot from the middle of the ice near the blueline was deflected by Heatley and ricocheted off the left post right to Redden, who deposited the puck into a gaping net.

Fisher made it 3-1 with just under two minutes to go in the second with his 10th. After Miller blocked Chris Neil's driving attempt, Fisher shovelled in the loose puck from just above the crease.

Alfredsson pushed Ottawa's lead to 4-1 just 26 seconds into the third with his 21st, but Campbell made it 4-2 with a power-play goal 3:43 later.

Mair made it 4-3 with his fourth with 7:37 left when he chipped in a shot from the lower right circle.

Heatley capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with 0.5 seconds left in regulation, his team-leading 23rd tally of the season.

Notes: The Senators will play six of their next eight at home. They've gone 7-1-1 on the road this month ... Buffalo's next home game will be the Winter Classic outdoor game on Jan. 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins ... Buffalo RW Maxim Afinogenov played in his 500th career NHL game ... Ottawa is now 20-2-2 when scoring first. ... Buffalo had its three game home winning streak stopped ... Spezza extended his point streak to eight games, his third streak of eight or more games this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Antoine Vermette (7) ASST: Chris Kelly (10)
1 - 0 OTT
Jochen Hecht (13) ASST: Jason Pominville (22), Tim Connolly (21)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Wade Redden (5) ASST: Dany Heatley (24), Jason Spezza (33)
2 - 1 OTT
Mike Fisher (10) ASST: Chris Neil (7), Andrej Meszaros (11)
3 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
Daniel Alfredsson (21) ASST: Wade Redden (15), Dany Heatley (25)
4 - 1 OTT
PPG - Brian Campbell (3) ASST: Tim Connolly (22), Jaroslav Spacek (12)
4 - 2 OTT
Adam Mair (4) ASST: Daniel Paille (9), Derek Roy (17)
4 - 3 OTT
EN - Dany Heatley (23) ASST: Jason Spezza (34)
5 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
Paul Gaustad  Interference against  Chris Neil
2nd Period
Nathan Paetsch  Holding against  Dany Heatley
Chris Neil  Hooking against  Drew Stafford
Nathan Paetsch  Hi-sticking against  Lawrence Nycholat
Andrew Peters  Misconduct (10 min)
3rd Period
Christoph Schubert  Holding against  Jason Pominville
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Derek Roy
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
Martin Gerber
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 23TOI: 58:45
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .826SH: 2 - 2